Northumbria Police has been recruiting school children to help tackle motorists speeding outside of schools!
Some of our School Council members worked with our community police officer, PC Luiz Scheidt and his colleagues, on a speed awareness campaign. The children had the opportunity to use real police speed cameras to record the speed of motorists around our school. With the support of the police officers, speeding motorists were then asked a series of questions by the children and asked to help spread the road safety message. This event was the first of its kind in the area and was a fantastic and unique opportunity for our children to learn, first hand, the importance of keeping the roads around our school safe.
Tony Gill says… ‘I am delighted the event went so well. The children went out with a view to catching speeding motorists but soon worked out that this was all about educating drivers as to the dangers of speeding past our school. The children particularly enjoyed interviewing the drivers, who were very supportive of the event. hopefully, our children will take what they have learnt into a whole school assembly and this in turn will be a message passed to drivers in our school community.’
Northumbria Police Press Officer was at the scene and had this to report.
Over the past two days (May 2 & 3) the force has piloted a new campaign working closely with schools in Northumbria to deliver engaging workshops to children which highlight the dangers of speeding.
These workshops have so far taken place in Hedworthfield and Hedworth Lane Primary Schools, and there are plans to roll the scheme out across the wider Northumbria region.
The workshops involve taking groups of children out onto the roadside to help educate drivers who are speeding outside of the schools.
Both PC Luiz Scheidt and PC Paul Talbut have been part of the team delivering this workshop to local schools, and feel the campaign has already had a very positive impact on both the motorists, and children involved.
PC Talbut said: “Excessive and inappropriate speed kills. The dangerous or careless actions of just one motorist can have devastating effects on the lives of others, and it’s important we continue to work to reduce the number of motorists speeding on our roads. This campaign is not only about educating motorists of the risks and dangers of speeding, but teaching the next generation of motorists as well. It’s vital to educate children of road safety so that when the time comes for them to get behind the wheel they are fully informed of the dangers of speeding, and can make the responsible choice to keep to the speed limit.”
Hedworth Lane Primary School Head Teacher Tony Gill has also been very supportive of the initiative, being one of the first schools to get involved in this pilot scheme.
He said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for our school council members to come out here and get involved in educating the public of the dangers of speeding around their school. Not only are they learning about the dangers of speeding in a way they’ll remember, but they are also doing some good in the community. The whole idea is not to stop and punish, but to stop and educate, a value which we work hard to achieve within our school.”
For general road safety advice, including speeding, visit: http://think.direct.gov.uk